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Opening Ceremony + Choral Concert

CEREMONIAL ROOM  ·  Zeremoniensaal


6:45 – 8 p.m.


The Women’s Concert Chorale

J. Michele Edwards, conductor
Sydney Alexander + Gina Cruciani, piano

The Women’s Concert Chorale, one of six choral ensembles at UW-Eau Claire — "Wisconsin’s Singing University" — specializes in the study and performance of music written specifically for the uniquely beautiful sound of female vocal ensembles. The group has a long and rich tradition, comprising women students from many academic disciplines. In addition to its regular concerts, the group tours and has been featured at several conventions. Women’s Concert Chorale performed its first international tour in 2005 to the People’s Republic of China and toured South Africa in 2009. This spring the group will tour Ireland and Northern Ireland, performing in a variety of venues and participating with several Irish choirs. The ensemble’s first CD, We Are … WoCo, was released in 2005. In addition to presenting excellence in performance, the women of Women’s Concert Chorale develop a strong bond and friendship through their study, rehearsal and performance of meaningful repertoire.

The Star Spangled Banner … John Stafford Smith / Francis Scott Key / arr. C. Gritzmacher
Wandl' ich in dem Wald des Abends
…  Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel / Heinrich Heine
Jack's Valentine … Libby Larsen / Aldeen Humphreys
Libertango … Astor Piazzolla / arr. Oscar Escalada
     Sydney Alexander, piano
The Parting Glass … Traditional Irish song / arr. Andrew Steffen
     Commissioned and dedicated to the Women's Concert Chorale and
     J. Michele Edwards, conductor for their 2014 Tour in Ireland and
     Northern Ireland

Still I Rise … Rosephanye Powell
     Brogan Resche + Chloe Paul, soloists
     Gina Cruciani, piano

Welcome and Introduction of Guests

James C. Schmidt  |  Chancellor
     Bruce Larson  |  St. Paul, Minnesota  |  Emperor’s Circle Charter Member Friday
     Beth Hellwig  |  Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs  |  Saturday
     Joseph Abhold  |  Dean of Students  |  Saturday
     Edmund Manydeeds  |  Board of Regents  |  Saturday

Recognition of International Faculty/Staff Members

Karl Markgraf  |  Director of Center for International Education
     Ying Fu  |  Visiting Scholar of Languages  |  Jinan University, China
     Xiqun (Rachel) Zhang  |  Visiting Scholar of English  |  Zuhai Campus of
        Jinan University, China

     Hairong (Helen) Gong  |  Visiting Scholar of Nursing  |  Fujian Health College, China
     Xinrong (Susan) Liu  |  Visiting Scholar of Economics  |  Jinan University, China
     Zengji Song  |  Visiting Scholar of Accounting + Finance  |  Chongqing University, China

Presentation of Viennese Ball Scholarships

Karl Markgraf  |  Director of Center for International Education
     Presentation of Viennese Ball International Study Awards
        Heinz K. Seitinger Scholarship
Alan Rieck  |  Chair of Music and Theatre Arts Department
     Presentation of Viennese Ball Music Awards
        Viennese Ball Senior Music Award
        Ada Bors Music Service Award
        Noble Statesmen Award
Karen Stuber  |  Executive Director of the Viennese Ball
     Presentation of Karen G. Stuber Service Award

Recognition of the Viennese Ball Committee

The Singing Statesmen

Gary Schwartzhoff, conductor
Miles Plant + Alex Munger, piano

The Singing Statesmen from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is one of the premier university male choruses in the United States. The Singing Statesmen is one of six choral ensembles on the UW-Eau Claire campus recognized as “Wisconsin’s Singing University.” Noted performance opportunities in 2014 include their seventh international concert tour and a performance at the American Choral Directors Association North Central Convention in Des Moines. The Singing Statesmen represent diverse academic disciplines with a common respect and admiration for choral music. The creed that is upheld by the membership is “Once a Statesmen, always a Statesmen!” The Singing Statesmen are proud of their tradition of performing choral music representing repertoire from the Renaissance through the contemporary period.

Österreichische Bundeshymne (Austrian National Anthem) … Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
An der schönen blauen Donau
(On the Beautiful Blue Danube) … Johann Strauss, Jr.
     Miles Plant, piano
When I Hear Her I Have Wings  …  Mark Templeton
Rhosymedre (Lovely) … arr. James Mulholland
     Miles Plant + Alex Munger, piano
     Commissioned by The Singing Statesmen, 2014
La Danza (The Dance) … Giacchino Rossini / James Mulholland
     Miles Plant + Alex Munger, piano
     Edition dedicated to The Singing Statesmen, 2008
Wien, Wien, nur Du allein (Vienna, My City of Dreams) … Rudolf Sieczynski
     Tyler Graf, tenor
     Alex Munger, piano